New England State Food System Planners Partnership
New England Feeding New England Project
Project Manager for the New England Feeding New England Project
Be part of an early stage, New England-wide food system development planning initiative to increase regional food production and consumption to 35% by 2035, using climate-friendly, regenerative practices, in an equitable and adaptive approach to systems level change. Through targeted research, a collective and equitable decision making process, and relationship building with key state and regional decision makers, the first phase of this project aims to develop a roadmap for strengthening the viability, sustainability, reliability and resilience of the region’s food economy, with particular emphasis on efforts to regionalize food supply chains.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is currently serving as the fiscal sponsor for this project. VSJF administers Vermont Farm to Plate and is a member of the Partnership.
Funding for this project has been made possible by the John Merck Fund and by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant# AM200100XXXXG100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. Additional funding is being sought in order to continue the project.
About the New England State Food System Planners Partnership: The Partnership seeks to coordinate and align state- and region-level food system development networks to promote policies and implement practices that ensure food production, harvesting, processing, distribution, and waste/nutrient management equitably meets the needs of all consumers in the region; that affordable and nutritious food is available, accessible, and culturally appropriate to all; that food sector businesses are economically viable and thriving; and that all food system functions are performed in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Note: A website for the New England State Food System Planners Partnership is currently under development.
Vermont's Food System
Vermont’s farm to plate food system plan is the most comprehensive in the country and the only state that has complete government engagement. Vermont’s food system generates more than $11.3 billion in economic output and supports more than 64,000 jobs and 11,500 businesses. From 2007 to 2017, Vermont food system economic output expanded 48%, from $7.5 to $11.3 billion. From 2009 to 2018, net new food system employment increased by 6,529 jobs (11.2%).
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund serves as the administrator and backbone organization to the Farm to Plate Network and executes the analysis and goal tracking of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan implementation. As a backbone organization, we guide vision and strategy; support aligned activities and facilitate dialogue across the network; establish shared measurement practices; mobilize funding; manage communication; provide professional development and leadership training opportunities; build public will; and coordinate community outreach.
More than 350 members of the Farm to Plate Network are working together to create a viable, sustainable, and resilient food system which produces and distributes our food and generates positive economic, environmental, and social impact in Vermont’s economy.